Lightroom CC for mobile: On iPad basic raw Development only with subscription

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Hello,I am used to LR on Android and use only the basic RAW development functions without any cloud Connection. Works well for my needs when I travel.With the move to an ipad pro I wanted to do the same on the new device. To my surprise I get asked to pay subscription as soon as I try to use any control / slider when I opened a RAW image. This never happened to me on Android and I am pretty sure, that I did exactly the same.What is going on here? Am I missing something? Is this a bug on the ipad version?If you need more information, let me know.Kind regards,T.
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From where does the raw file originate? Is it an iPad-captured raw or a raw from another source?
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Hi there, thanks for looking into this.
The RAW is from another source. I connected the iPad to my NAS and copied the RAW files to a local folder using FIleExplorer. Then I imported into a LR album. 1200ish 12mpix files nearly fried the iPad by the way while the import was running. Back side near the apple logo was the "hot Spot". Just saying...
After the import I could use the gallery and see all thumbnails. Open in full size worked. Export as JPEG with default settings worked. Trying to use any "develop" slider or control led to the "subscribe " Message. RAW (Panasonic TZ70) and DNG (LG G6) gave the same result.
To verify the problem I started a subscription (google playstore 5EUR/month). Now it works on both tablets- Android and iOS.
Since I got a NAS for my images I don't have the need for cloud storage and I really only use the the basic development Features. So I feel, that a subscription just for the iPad to use stuff that works for free on Android is kinda... you know;)

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T.
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That is expected behavior. A subscription is required to work on raw files imported from another source.  Are you able to edit raw's captured by the iPad on-board camera without a subscription?
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Hello,
so the LR app behaves very different on Android and iOS, I see. From a user POV I would rather prefer to have a similar / identical behaviour. In this case I like the Android version better: basic RAW development works and you can only use local storage. You pay for the cloud service and sync and the special features. Denying iOS users even the basic RAW development features might force them into subscription but many "light" users might turn to Snapseed or maybe PS. Just saying.
Back to my situation. I can't answer your question, as I am running a bigger test with many files (2000ish) several devices, Adobe CC sync and stuff - and I only want to test one scenario at a time. I might be able to try it on an iPhone SE, which should be able to record RAW afaik.
I'll keep you updated.